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St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park
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Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana.Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore. At an altitude of 4484ft, Saint Mary Lake's waters are colder and lie almost 1500ft higher in altitude than Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, which is located on the west side of the Continental Divide. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake.The lake is long and deep with a surface area of 3923acre. The waters of the lake rarely rise above 50°F and are home to various species of trout. During the winter, the lake is often completely frozen over with ice up to thick.The opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake.
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  • With all the amazing views around Glacier National Park it can be tempting to drive on by yet another lake. But, resist that and pull over. Get out of the car! Walk away from the road and find a place...  more »
  • Looks like it is not real. Looks like a picture in High Definition. One of the top things to see in the Park 
  • This is a must-see lake and is easy to view while driving to other sites, such as Many Glacier. We experienced weather blowing from the higher elevations and created a rainbow during our trip. There i...  more »